The 6 iOS games you should download for your new iPhone 7

By , on September 7, 2016
Last modified 7 years, 5 months ago

Apple is announcing the iPhone 7 later today. Inevitably, it'll feature a faster processor and better GPU than the one you'll find in the already pretty speedy iPhone 6S.

It's also set to have a more vibrant display, and will probably have a refined 3D Touch input system, making the display even more sensitive to pressure.

All of which means, of course, that it'll be absolutely brilliant for games. These six examples should be among the first things you download for the iPhone 7 when it hits shops later in the month.

Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade

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Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade is a decent-but-dumb on-rails shooter set in the humourless Warhammer 4K universe. So why include it on this list?

Because Apple chose this opulent action game to showcase its last smartphone, the iPhone 6S. This means two things.

It's still one of the most technically accomplished games on the App Store, so is as great a showcase for the iPhone 7 as it is the iPhone 6S. Also, it has well-integrated 3D Touch controls for zooming in, which still feels like an entertaining novelty a year on.

Eisenhorn: Xenos

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Let's get straight to the point here - when you buy a new phone, you're not immediately concerned with downloading the absolute best games. You just want something that looks great in order to give the handset a proper workout.

Eisenhorn: Xenos certainly does that. It's a third person action adventure that looks every inch the console game.

As a bonus, it also plays pretty well, though there's some dispute as to its true merits. You can watch the above video for more on that, but the point is this: it'll make your new iPhone 7 sing.

Riptide GP Renegade

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Riptide games have always been handy technical showcases for new smartphone hardware. That's because they look like console racing games, with sharp models and fluid animation, not too mention some of the best water physics in mobile gaming.

It helps that it also plays very well in deed. There's a unique thrill to tearing around waterways instead of the usual dirt and tarmac.

Suffice to say, the punchy new iPhone 7 will be a great place to experience Vector Unit's graphically lush arcade racer.

Badland 2

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One game that makes particularly good use of the 3D Touch control system that Apple debuted in the iPhone 6S, and will continue in the iPhone 7, is Badland 2.

The switch from a simple tappy control system to one that reacts to the change in pressure of your thumb transforms this flier into a very different experience. It's just much more tactile.

We can also see the game's striking silhouette art style standing out all the better on the iPhone 7's purportedly improved display.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories is a great game for the iPhone 7 for a couple of reasons. Despite its somewhat dated visuals, it's a demanding game thanks to its rendering of a sprawling 3D city, in which you can careen about in a variety of vehicles.

Also, Rockstar has implemented 3D Touch controls, so you can steer into that cop car with a little more finesse.

It's interesting to note that Liberty City Stories was built with portable play in mind, too, having been originally built for the Sony PSP.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions

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You might not think that a simple twin-stick shooter is the best showcase for your new iPhone 7. We beg to differ.

It's one of the most slick, polished mobile games around, thanks to its assault of lighting effects and warping battlefields and explosions - all moving along at a buttery smooth frame rate (which is where the iPhone 7's A10 CPU will come in).

Also, it's one of the finest action games on the platform, so there's a good chance it'll stay installed beyond your first week of ownership.